Twilight grand final might work

By ADRIAN MILLER

TRADITION is all well and good but news that the Ten Network wants to shift the AFL grand final from a day to a twilight game makes me feel a little apprehensive.

On the one hand you've got the traditional start of the game in daylight with the added spectacle of it ending at night, but it's only one step away from a full-blooded night game.

With the record amount of cash and kind paid for the rights to broadcast the AFL over the next five years (a 'lazy' $780 million), it's naive to think the Ten, Seven and FOX networks won't have some input into when the major games will be played, but the AFL can't cave to them like the NRL and let them dictate terms.

And that means never, EVER shifting to a night grand final because it will destroy many day traditions. But that said, a twilight grand final could be an option, on a trial basis anyway.

A 5pm start would give you plenty of time for grand final barbecues and lunches and have the added benefit of you not missing any of the play.

At the moment a day grand final leaves you a few hours to kill between presentation and pub time, whereas with a twilight grand final you wouldn't have to wait to switch from slathering drunken buffoon to dance-floor hero.

And if the grand final drinking game has left you in a state where you just can't move, then it's still early enough to ensure you get a good night's rest ? but not so early that you would never live your pathetic performance down.

Yeah, there may be something in this twilight grand final idea.



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